There are the dabblers, the pretenders, the know-it-alls, those that skate on the surface of things, those afraid of commitment.
Before you appeared here in physical form, your spirit made a commitment to live on Earth in your particular body, through the joys and sorrows, the roller coaster ride of life here on this planet.
Witness true commitment. A tiny cottonwood seed settling in a patch of mud, sprouting when conditions allow, taking root, reaching heavenward. Growing in height and reach and circumference each year, standing through the extremes of weather, blizzards, tornadoes, lightning, high winds, standing her ground, claiming as her birthright a patch of earth and sun.
Now a magnificent tree, she is committed to living her span of time rooted and anchored firmly to this planet for 100 or more years.
Commitment means making a promise to yourself and keeping it. It means lining up body mind and spirit to a single purpose and doing what it takes to make it manifest in your life.
Commitment means reviewing and renewing the promises that still resonate with your wise spirit, creating new commitments as you grow in wisdom and age, dropping those no longer necessary or meaningful as you grow older.
Commitment means letting these vows to yourself create the foundation of your life. It means sticking to the promises you made to yourself when times are tough and your attention wavers.
Dear ones, if you feel a wavering in your commitment to be fully here in your body, if life seems difficult to endure, tune into your spirit and renew your commitment to live the fullness of life here and now.
Do you spend precious moments wishing you were somewhere else, doing something else?
Grandmother Cottonwood, fall color
Do you tighten the interior of your body as you do this – perhaps your throat or your heart?
Pay attention to the subtle ways you shut down the flow of energy through your body and withdraw your attention from what is while avoiding the present moment. Do not feel singled out, Dear one, for all humans do this.
Your impatience with what is has distracted you from your beautiful life, made up of moments just like this. This is your life! Life provides you with many chances to shift your focus and come into the power of your present moment each day.
Remedy this shutting down of your energy by giving attention to your inner world of feeling, sensation, muscle bone and blood, the subtle opening and closing, the inhale and exhale, pain and ease, contraction, expansion, warmth and coolness. The sensations of your body create a window for you to experience this present moment, to slow down, to be here now.
Will you reach the moment of your death and know that you were too impatient to be fully present for yourself and your beloved ones? Or will you choose to live fully embodied? Bring your awareness down into your body and live in this moment!
It is not just your physical being that others respond to. It is your amazing energy – that powerhouse of creation connected to all that is; your inner light that shines brighter than any sun if you let it.
Grandmother Cottonwood, evening sunlight
Are you willing to let your powerful light shine? Are you willing to truly live the purpose you’ve come here to express? If so, you will break the rules, you will defy convention, you will create your own community. You may be seen as strange and different, yet you will tap into the vast goodness of the human heart. You will live a rich and full and soul satisfying life guided by your heart your spirit and your connection to all that is.
When you allow your light to shine you will know what it is to be fully empowered, fully human, fully at home in your body while knowing the wise and invisible part of you, the spirit.
Your gifts and talents and light are needed here and now. It is time to come out of hiding, wake from your hibernation and live in your full power!
We tree spirits are content. You might say we are happy, or even joyful!
We feel delight when one of you two-legged beings spends time and attention in our proximity- laying in our dappled shade, leaning against our textured trunks, receiving earth energy through our roots; climbing, swinging, playing at our base, gathering our flowers, fruits, leaves, and seeds.
Through us you are connected to earth and sky. The truly sensitive among you, and of course, the children, will feel and know our energy and be uplifted and healed and calmed in our presence.
Do not treat us as part of the scenery only! We are an integral part of your world. Our energies overlap and interweave. We are inseparable. Our health affects your health!
Do all you can to keep our sweet earth humming in balance and harmony, so all creatures and their descendants may experience peaceful, expansive, healthy, and joyful lives!
Growing things prefer shade or sun, rocky soil, swampy soil, rich soil. We can be expansive and confident, shy and retiring, showy and extroverted. Some of us thrive in the shadow of larger plants, some tower above the surrounding growth and reach higher than the others… like yours truly.
We may pelt you with hard nuts in the fall, or allow the breeze to blow our cottony seeds miles distant. We may be upright or prostrate, we may prefer to grow wild, or to live tame in your yards.
You too display your attitudes, your personalities. You may prefer to be quiet or lively, you may wish to dance in the street, or curl up with a novel. You may keep things in, or spill everything you know. Trust in yourself even if “Mom or Dad” want you to get out more or quiet down a bit.
Express who you are in the way that makes you happy and energized and satisfied. Do not ask for permission to be yourself! The world needs your unique attitude, for you fill a need here, just as each plant fills their unique place in nature.
Dear ones, do not allow yourselves to be hijacked by fear and panic when violent actions occur. These emotions can spread like lighting through the web of existence. The feelings are contagious like a deadly disease; sometimes worse than the original event that caused them.
Grandmother Cottonwood, summer
Question those who would call this violence normal. Question those who expect the violent actions to “happen here”. Is this the reflection you wish to see in the world around you?
This attitude takes you down and those around you like dominoes. Feel what you feel, fear, anger, then let it go. When you are feeling better, intentionally bring in feelings that resonate with the life and the world you wish to create..
I repeat myself yet again! Begin only within. Shine a light on your dark places. Shine love and acceptance on the shadow within you, for it is you, just as the light is you.
Violence occurs when the shadow within is denied, ignored, repressed, tamped down, hated, shamed, punished.
I wish you to know your exquisite beauty, your capacity for joy and expansion. This can only happen when you know yourself as a being of light and sometimes dark, and love yourself anyway.
Learn to embrace your power and light and shadow – a little at a time if it feels safer- like a light bulb gradually dialed from dim to full power. Learn to tolerate the higher vibrations and better feelings that are your birthright! The light will dissolve the shadow.
When you shine you give other permission to shine as well. You then become a hub in the web of life that radiates health vitality, integrity and well-being.
As you have gained in book learning, – “the 3 Rs” science, and technology, you have forgotten and minimized the ancient and powerful wisdom of your heart.
What good is your technical knowledge if you are seething with anger and rage? Who cares if you can recite a speech, a pledge, an epic poem if you have no empathy and compassion for your fellow earth inhabitants? Who cares that you have statistical “proof” that all is well when you feel unhappy, heartsick and physically ill?
Emotional wisdom is far more important to your survival as a species than book learning. Feel the emotion in your body, name it, put your awareness on it. Breathe and feel.
It won’t bite. I might make you feel uncomfortable. Can you live with uncomfortable? Do you want to numb the discomfort? Try to stay with it. If you can’t, find someone who can help you through this.
Be your own best friend! Accept the feelings as they come and go. If you reject an emotion you reject yourself.Love and accept yourselves and allow your feelings to be what they are. Learn from them.
True riches, the infinite fountain of abundance are only to be found by those who look inward with compassion and courage.
It takes your so called guts to live a beautiful life here on this planet where uncertainty reigns, where nothing is guaranteed, where life is exquisitely beautiful, where death is a given.
My roots anchor me deeply to the earth. I am content to be here now, day after day, year after year, feeling the seasons shift, the sun’s warmth growing stronger as the earth turns toward spring. The winds and lightning, cleansing rains, the dear ones who share life with me here on this fringe of open meadow. I wake to my home, my circle of life.
After my long winter’s nap, I am gently opening to the birdsong and the frenetic activity of nest building and seed sprouting all around me. Groggy insects crawling out of their nests greet the warmth.
Vultures soar overhead against a backdrop of dramatic spring clouds. They’re back from their exotic winter home, come back to grace our air and land with their effortless easy sky dance as they catch the white sunlight on their magnificent wings.
I feel the millions of buds on my crown beginning to swell, the life force flowing into the tiny embryonic seed pods forming just as they have for millennia.
I am an integral element of this earth, I belong and so my dear, do you. We are all meant to be here. Your dear energy, your gifts and talents, your emotions, and thoughts are all part of this delightful tapestry that we call life.
Diminish yourself or any one of the creatures who make this earth home, and you diminish the whole, and yourself with it. Know yourself as a vital thread in the tapestry of life on our beautiful green earth.